Thursday, July 24, 2008

It's over half way through the trimester! We are plugging away on assignments and papers. God is really opening up great doors for ministry though. We have a strong burden for the street children we have met the last few weeks. We have met with the director of the ministry, His Heart, and will be visiting the village children's church this weekend. She has several villages begging for a program...we are praying.

Next Wednesday the 30th, I will be giving an evangelistic presentation for about 200 children and 100 parents in a mountain area. I will be distributing Samaritan's Purse shoe boxes and teaching on Jesus being the greatest gift. It is going to be an awesome day! Please pray for favor with the message.

Please pray for the children here. With a population in the Philippines of over 81 million, over 34 million of those are under the age of 18. 38% of children are under the age of 14. Two million of these children are orphans.

Paige and Kent

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Prayer Request

Hello to all! Hope you are enjoying the summer. We have been into all sorts of things: exploring, ministering.

We went back to the street kids program this week.....and found out some disturbing news. Three of our new friends (Frema, Menchi, and Christina) were lured by a pimp this week. They have been taken to Manilla (5 hours away) to "work". Their mothers have no idea where they are......and Manilla is so huge, it's like a black hole. Please pray that they will run and get back to Baguio somehow. God can protect them and make it happen. We are believing for a miracle. Two of the girls are in the picture with me at the bottom of the last post. (It's the last picture with the 3 girls and me).

Thank you for partnering with us. You are making a difference.
We'll get some pictures up soon. :)

Paige and Kent

Sunday, July 13, 2008

His Heart

Hello to all! Well, we are really getting settled now. Life seems to be becoming more normal. Our days are filled with eating, sleeping, studying, school, and ministry. We are learning more about the city and the interesting things to do here. Kent preached up a storm ( well it was raining outside) last weekend at a church pastored by a new friend from Korea. We enjoyed the visit and the warm friendly people.

We also had the incredible opportunity to work with a local ministry who feeds and teaches street children. (Check out pictures above) What a difference a little love and food can make! The founder of the ministry is a former student at the seminary. God is annointing her work. She has 300 children coming to her children's church service in a village on Wednesdays! She has begun a church on Sundays in a baranguay (village) as well. We were so blessed being was as if the time had been a divine appointment. We are praying about how we can be used there more.

At any rate, we are healthy, happy, and adjusting well. Please pray for protection from illness and strength to finish assignments....

Some have asked what classes we are taking. Here's the scoop:

Kent: Research Methods ( Writing Theological Term papers)
Homilietics and Preaching
Pastoral Counseling

Paige: Research Methods
Pastoral Counseling
Exegesis of 1 Cor. ( Very difficult)

Doesn't sound like much but each class has 1200 pages of reading, midterm, finals and about 20-30 pages of writing all together...and on top of going to class.......and all this has to be done within 12 weeks. They operate on a trimester calendar. We are being stretched but love it. :)

For those who have helped to support us here: Thank you. We wouldn't be here without you.
To our families: We love and miss you.......

After His Heart,
Kent and Paige

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Ministry : Rain or Shine

Hello, everyone. It's hard to believe that we have been here for almost a month. We are adjusting well and being really challenged by all that we are learning.....both in class and in the lives of the people. Kent has been asked to preach at churches and I am working with different families and groups of kids. We are still visiting churches but had an awesome weekend of ministry last weekend. Saturday was filled with visiting people in the mountains from a church plant there. It rained for 4 hours but I was a very happy, wet camper climbing up rocks, crossing little streams, and surprising people in their homes with gifts. I met a boy Neil who was electrocuted in Sunday school two years ago. He was severely burned and is blessed to be alive. God has provided the finances, host family, and support for Neil to receive treatment for 5 years in Texas! The only thing that he needs now is the visa. He has already been denied once this month. Please pray that he will get the visa soon as he is in pain and needs to begin the process. You will see a picture of me with him.
Kent and I shared at a village church Sunday for children. 50 kids came, many walking over an hour. A piece of land has been offered by an elderly lady in the tribe to build a church......they are now waiting for the finances.

Last but not least, a little culture. The picture above shows a jeepney......our areas most popular form of public transportation......people ride inside, on the back, and even sometimes on top in the mountains.

Rice is a staple food here. People also eat a lot of chicken and fish with vegetables. I had soup with tree fungus in it last week at a restaurant in the city.....yummy.

Anyway, thank you for your support and prayers. It is such a priviledge to be here.

Paige and Kent

This is part of the road we traveled to get to church Sunday. The view is pretty amazing! It's a lot farther down than the picture shows. The lack of guard rails makes the ride all that more interesting!!!